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  1. #1
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    Any Real Difference Between These Bikes??

    So I'm looking at getting a new bike after having been out of the sport for about 15 years. I'm wondering if there is any real difference between the 2012 and 2013 Bianchi Volpe. I'm looking at this bike for commuting during the week and then hitting some wooded trails on the weekend. I'm hoping to get into good enough shape to do a century at the end of the summer. I'm not looking at doing any real racing, so I'm wondering if there would be a noticeable difference between these two bikes for my purposes. The components are as follows:

    2013 for $1300

    MODEL Volpe Tiagra 10sp Triple
    COLOR Slate Blue
    SIZES 46-49-51-53-55-57-59-61
    FRAME Bianchi Cr-Mo, triple butted main tubes, tig welded.
    FORK Bianchi Cr-Mo, 1 1/8" w/rack braze-ons
    HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless
    SHIFTERS Shimano Tiagra 10sp
    REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
    FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
    CRANKSET FSA Vero Triple 50/39/30
    CHAIN FSA Team Issue
    CASSETTE Shimano Tiagra 10sp 12-30T
    BRAKES Reparto Corse Cantilever
    WHEELS Shimano Tiagra hubs, Bianchi DRX6000 double wall w/ eyelets
    TIRE Kenda Kwicker 700 x 32
    STEM Reparto Corse alloy
    HANDLEBAR Reparto Corse compact alloy
    BAR TAPE / GRIPS Crok Tape, black
    SEATPOST Reparto Corse alloy
    SADDLE Velo VL-1166
    PEDALS SPD compatible

    2012 Model for $1000

    Frame Chromoly
    Fork Chromoly
    Rims/Wheels WTB DX23
    Hubs Shimano
    Tires WTB All Terrainasaurus, 700 x 32c
    Crankset Sugino XD500T
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-32
    Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI
    Handlebars Aluminum
    Tape/Grips Cork tape
    Stem Kalloy, aluminum
    Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
    Brakes Cane Creek SCX-5 cantilevers
    Saddle Velo
    Seatpost Kalloy

    Thanks for the help,

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    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
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    Put them side by side and you can see the component choices .. how lazy are you?
    9 vs 10 speed , the tooth count on the crankset . '10 speed' is more overgeared.

    both new stock, in the shops? same size? , did you go down there and test ride them?
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-01-13 at 02:20 PM.

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